Season 3 Episode 11

The Friend

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 16, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Frasier and Bob leave Café Nervosa after their initial meeting, Bob has the "Big Book of Barbeque" on his lap. However when Frasier follows him out, the book is now on the table.

    • This is the only episode in which a tablecloth is used at Café Nervosa. It is on the central table where Frasier first meets his "new friend" Bob (Griffin Dunne). Obviously, the tablecloth is meant to hide the fact that Bob is in a wheelchair until his disability becomes dramatically relevant.

  • Quotes

    • Frasier: You've broken up with a lot of people, Roz. What do you find is the most effective thing to say?
      Roz: I love you and I want to have your baby.

    • Martin: Did you have a good time?
      Frasier: Hardly. The man talks endlessly on topics that are of no interest to anyone but him.
      Martin: Gee, I can't imagine what that's like.

    • Niles: (upon finding out Frasier is meeting someone else at Cafe Nervosa) Bob? You're dumping me for someone named "Bob?"

    • (Niles makes small talk with the pool man)
      Niles: You know, Ralph, I was thinking that in many ways my profession is a lot like yours. I start out skimming the surface of the human psyche. Then I plunge ever deeper into the murky undercurrents, adding chemicals when necessary.

    • Niles: (explaining why he doesn't want to go to the horse race) It's the jockeys, if you must know. Diminuitive, underweight figures in expensive silks wielding riding crops just remind me too much of Maris.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • This episode alludes to the movie What About Bob (1991), about a psychiatrist who can't seem to get rid of a pest named "Bob" (the name of Griffin Dunne's character in this episode).